Thursday, July 01, 2010

A cool hundred million...

Sometimes a story reminds me of a story. I saw THIS ONE in the paper today. Apparently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has spent $100 million paying air conditioning bills for dead people. It reminded me of a story I heard one time about how people spend money:

When people spend their own money on themselves, they are more careful about how much they spend and what they spend it on.

When people spend their own money on someone else, they are more careful about how much they spend, but not so careful about what they spend it on.

When people spend someone else's money on themselves, they're not so careful about how much they spend, but they're a little more careful about what they spend it on.

And finally, when people spend other peoples' money on someone else, they're not very careful about how much they spend or what they spend it on.

Government agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services take other peoples' money and give it to other people.

I guess that explains it.

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